British hip-hopper Dizzee Rascal returns to the music world on 18 May with the release of the "Bonkers" single. The sound is a bit different for him and he raps over banding, straight-ahead electronic beats from Armand Van Helden that evokes the Chemical Brothers school of big beat. Dizzee offering up a new full-length Tongue 'n' Cheek later in the year as well.
Canada's versatile vocalist Jill Barber delivers a message of female empowerment with stunning force, striking a dramatic pose with such verve that will give all music lovers an equal opportunity to shake their booties.
With a strange history and an unusual assortment of tracks, Who guitarist Pete Townshend's first solo album still offers plenty of joy.
Madrid-based garage rockers Hinds pull away from their lo-fi roots just a little bit to deliver a fun, versatile second album with I Don't Run.
On his first album of new songs in 13 years, folk veteran John Prine delivers another masterwork in songwriting.
These two entries consider the hate crime murders of Trayvon Martin and Jennifer Laude, reinterpret their deaths within historic frameworks, and explore why their stories fade without meaningful changes in US civil rights laws.
New organ scores help kick up some dust in these two reissues from Grapevine Video.
God Is an Astronaut Takes Listeners on an Introspective Journey via 'Epitaph' (album stream) (premiere)
Irish trio God Is an Astronaut returns with ninth and possibly best album to date with Epitaph, out Friday via Napalm Records.
Tirelessly political Houston outfit Free Radicals blend soul, jazz and world influences on new cut from forthcoming remix album.
At times mawkish and problematic, White Houses is a romance that presents an interesting queer historical fiction.